CHICAGO -- People tend to say they want straight-talking politicians -- then get upset when straight talk actually occurs.
Take the case of German Chancellor Angela Merkel who has been tap-dancing across the world's stage this summer trying to hold the eurozone together in the face of a massive Greek default, while also dealing with the issue ...Read more
CHICAGO -- Happy midsummer! You have officially entered prime weight-gain season.
The back half of the calendar always means that the Fourth of July food extravaganzas have erased the memory of January's bikini-bod dreams. From here on, it's backyard barbecues and food festivals until we hit the Halloween-Thanksgiving-Christmas gluttony ...Read more
CHICAGO -- Shame on me for falling into the trap of blindly agreeing with an Internet meme.
Stand-up comedian Amy Schumer has been hot in the public spotlight. The "it" girl has a hit Comedy Central show "Inside Amy Schumer," a recently announced comedy tour with comedian Aziz Ansari and an upcoming Judd Apatow-directed movie, "Trainwreck."
CHICAGO -- If, among a certain subgroup of white Americans, there is an inherent fear of the Latin-ization of the United States, is there a parallel unease among some Hispanics? If not quite a fear, per se, then perhaps an aversion to becoming white?
In a recent New York Times story about the spread of white supremacist websites, there ...Read more
CHICAGO -- It's summer, the perfect time for apocalyptic anxiety.
The season's hottest films so far -- "Mad Max: Fury Road," "Jurassic World," "San Andreas," "Terminator Genisys" -- have centered on drought after civilization's collapse, genetic engineering run amok, the mother of all earthquakes and cyberterrorism enabling the end of life as ...Read more
CHICAGO -- New research has confirmed that our national conversation about immigration is so tainted by bad feelings and misinformation that it's nearly impossible to actually converse.
Most of those who have been entrenched in the immigration issue for years know that when you say the word "immigration," the person you're talking to is likely ...Read more
CHICAGO -- You don't have to be Hispanic to remember a childhood run by a parent who wielded an iron fist. But if you are Hispanic, you're more likely to -- and might still have some emotional scars.
In a study published in the Journal of Clinical Child & Adolescent Psychology, Mexican-American and Dominican-American kids ages 4 to 6 were ...Read more
CHICAGO -- We should have left the historical figures on our money alone. Let Alexander Hamilton and the other Founding Fathers on our currency rest in peace.
One need not be pro-man or anti-woman to believe that diminishing the men on our paper bills in order to elevate a female, by 2020, as recently decreed by Treasury Secretary Jack Lew, is ...Read more
The Mountain Place of KnowledgeMarshall R Chamberlain
Tense, driving thriller reminiscent of the Indiana Jones books and action thrillers by Nelson DeMille and James Rollins. Marshall Chamberlain gives us a raging adventure into plausible reality.
A PLACE OF KNOWLEDGE INSIDE A BELIZEAN MOUNTAIN
A SENTINEL GUARDS THE ENTRANCE ...
EL PASO, Texas -- I recently spent four days in "Latino-landia."
I've visited heavily Hispanic communities in Florida, California and Arizona, but nothing like what I experienced on a reporting trip arranged by the Aspen Institute's Latinos and Society Program.
In El Paso, Texas, and southern New Mexico, which along with Ciudad ...Read more
MESILLA, New Mexico -- You're forgiven if you've never heard the term "North American Borderplex." It's a relatively new thing.
Borderplex is the term that civic, business and social leaders, who in 2013 organized themselves under an organization called The Borderplex Alliance, call the region that covers Ciudad Juarez in Mexico, El Paso and ...Read more
CHICAGO -- In mid-April, I wrote about official allegations that American soldiers and contractors based in Colombia had sexually assaulted dozens of young girls between 2003 and 2007, with some of the attacks being taped and sold as pornography.
Those allegations have been debunked.
The shocking charges had been included in an 800-page report...Read more
CHICAGO -- There is a constant rallying cry in education circles: Why don't we have more teachers of color?
The answer is simple -- it's not a degree likely to pay off, assuming the student can even make it to graduation.
A recent report from the Georgetown University Center on Education and the Workforce detailed lifetime earnings for 137 ...Read more
CHICAGO -- Here's a historic shift you probably haven't heard about: For the first time in decades, Mexico is no longer the top source of recent immigrants to the United States. Now, China and India lead the way, according to a new report from the Migration Policy Institute.
This surprising turn has barely made headlines. Scattered news reports...Read more
CHICAGO -- President Obama's expansion of executive action for illegal immigrants was kept on hold last week when the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals denied the government's request to allow the deferral initiatives to take effect. The debate surrounding the case has been cast as a clash between a president's will and his administration's ...Read more
CHICAGO -- When Hillary Clinton announced Lorella Praeli as her campaign's head of Latino outreach, the announcement yielded a mixed bag of coverage -- "Hillary Clinton Taps Dreamer," "Clinton campaign hires former Dreamer" and "Hillary Hires Ex-Illegal as Latino Outreach Director."
It's impossible to know the message Clinton was trying to send...Read more
CHICAGO -- "The heartbreaking world of captive exotic birds" is a photo essay that was recently published on the website of the Mother Nature Network. It aims to "make you think twice before bringing home a cockatoo or macaw."
The images of majestic birds who have plucked and mutilated themselves raw and bald from the stress of their life in ...Read more
CHICAGO -- On a quiet Sunday morning recently, my family and I sat having breakfast when one of my sons asked whether their dad and I had been having an argument the night before.
I chuckled and reassured them that they had heard raucous laughter.
"What was that funny?" my son asked.
I explained that I had asked my husband, lying ...Read more
CHICAGO -- English fluency continues to spiral upward among Latinos, according to a new Pew Research Center analysis, with a record 33.2 million Hispanics in the U.S. now speaking English proficiently.
That paragraph does not adequately convey my zeal and delight over an official, nonpartisan organization validating what I've been saying for ...Read more
CHICAGO -- There must be a hundred documentaries about ballet and I've just about seen them all.
I can tell you unequivocally that among any number of behind-the-scenes films about prima ballerinas, their Adonis-like partners and the gorgeous costumes, "American Ballet Theatre: A History" stands apart.
Premiering nationwide on Friday on PBS as...Read more
CHICAGO -- When journalists get the opportunity to share and collaborate with those they report on -- to give something back rather than simply taking their photos or their statements -- it can be life-changing.
On May 2-3, an inaugural regional conference focused on poverty gathered a group of journalists to train residents of South Dakota...Read more